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Philippine women's boxer Nesthy Petecio to feature in first bout of Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO - The draw has been completed in the boxing competitions of the Tokyo Olympics and it will be Filipina featherweight and 2019 AIBA Women's Boxing Championships winner Nesthy Petecio featured in the first match of the entire competition on July 24 at 10:00 a.m. (Philippine time).

There are a total of 24 entries in the women's featherweight division so she will start competing in the Round of 32 against Marcelat Sakobi Matchu the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Should Petecio overcome the Congolese fighter, things would get much tougher for her in the Round of 32 versus Chinese Taipei's Lin Yi-Tung who is the category's top-seeded fighter.

Irish Magno will be the next Filipino bet to see action as she takes on Christine Ongare of Kenya on July 25 at 10:15 a.m. (PH time) in the Round of 32. The Kenyan fighter will be going all out as she was quoted by CNN saying "boxing is all I have." She aims to use boxing to provide a better future for her daughter after getting pregnant at the age of 12.

Scheduled for the winner of this match will be the victor between Jutamas Jitpong of Thailand and Roumaysa Boualam of Algeria in the Round of 16. The top-seeded fighter in the division is Buse Naz Cakiroglu of Turkey who should be waiting in the quarterfinals.

Next to see action is flyweight Carlo Paalam on July 26 at 11:03 a.m. (PH time). Going up against him will be Ireland's Brendan Irvine who made it to the tournament by finishing in the quarterfinals of the 2020 European Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament. Paalam, on the other end, got the spot as the top-ranked Asian fighter in the weight category after the final round of qualifiers was canceled due to COVID-19.

Waiting in the Round of 16 for the winner between Paalam and Irvine is fourth seed Mohamed Flissi of Algeria who will be coming off a bye.

Middleweight Eumir Marcial got the best draw among all Filipino boxers as he landed directly to the Round of 16, which means he'll only need two wins to guarantee himself a medal.

As the division's fourth-seeded fighter, Marcial will climb the ring at 10:48 a.m. (PH time) on July 29 as he will await the winner of the Round of 32 match between Younes Nemouchi of Algeria and Kavuma David Ssemujju of Uganda.